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Charity rider’s wheel power

COMO resident Katelyn Lush is one of 12 cyclists this week riding from Perth to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek. The journey across the South-West started on Sunday in Subiaco and has stops at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday.

Ms Lush, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) executive assistant, said she was no professional cyclist but wanted to give it a crack.
“Two years ago, I cut off my 40cm long hair and shaved my head and raised $13,500 with my friend for charity so this year I thought the bike trek would be the next best thing,” she said.
“I decided to give it a crack and it seemed like a good idea.”

Ms Lush spent 10 months training in the lead-up to the 600km ride. Ms Lush has an Everyday Hero page to raise funds for CLCRF. She has currently raised over $800, beating her goal of $500, but wants to raise more. To donate go to https://bit.ly/2P8J09a.

Source: Southern Gazette (South Perth)

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South West Bike Trek: Eric Maddock speaks to 98five Sonshine FM

CLCRF Foundation member and South West Bike Trek coordinator Eric Maddock took to the microphone a couple of weeks ago on Mornings With Mike on 98five Sonshine FM to share his insights into next week’s South West Bike Trek.

In case you missed the interview you can listen below:

Next Sunday, 12 riders will embark on a six-day bike ride from Subiaco to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek to raise vital funds and awareness for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF).

The journey across WA’s iconic South West region, which is more than 300km, will start at Mueller Park, Subiaco, stopping off en route at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday 13 October.

Childhood cancer is the single greatest cause of death from disease in Australian children, with three children losing their lives to cancer every week. Childhood cancer is second only to breast cancer in terms of the number of years of life lost by the disease.

Donations to the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) help fund valuable scientific research into childhood cancers. Over the past 30 years CLCRF has made amazing breakthroughs into the treatment children receive. It is because of this research that those children have an opportunity to live long and fulfilling lives.

The first ever SouthWest Bike Trek took place back in 2002 and has raised just under $700,000 for child cancer research projects over 16 years.

If you would like to donate to help Eric and his fellow riders to raise vital funds please donate now.

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Como resident Katelyn Lush to embark on 600km Southwest trek

COMO resident Katelyn Lush will be one of 12 cyclists embarking on a six-day ride from Subiaco to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek this Sunday. The journey across WA’s iconic South West region will start at Mueller Park, Subiaco, stopping off en route at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on October 13.

Miss Lush, the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF) executive assistant, said although she’s not a professional cyclist, she still wanted to give it a crack.
“Two years ago I cut off my 40cm long hair and shaved my head and raised $13,500 with my friend for charity so this year I thought the bike trek would be the next best thing,” she said.
“I decided to give it a crack and it seemed like a good idea.”

Miss Lush has been training for 10 months, which has helped increase her fitness levels in the lead-up to the 600km long ride.
“I’ve been given tips and I’ve been trained as well,” she said.
“It’s been hard work, I thought I was going to pull out at the beginning of the year as it was a lot more intense than I anticipated but I stuck with it.”

Miss Lush has launched an EverydayHero page to raise funds for CLCRF. She has currently raised over $800, beating her goal of $500, but wants to raise more. To donate go to https://bit.ly/2P8J09a

Source: Western Suburbs Weekly – October 4th, 2018, 02:00PM

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Friends of Finlay Camp Out at Lathlain Park raises funds for research into rare childhood cancers

CAMPING is one of Finlay Higgs’ favourite outdoor activities and a happy escape for the five-year-old, who continues to fight a rare form of childhood cancer. At three years old, Finlay was diagnosed with stage four high risk hepatoblastoma, a rare type of liver cancer, before undergoing multiple surgeries and treatments. While undergoing treatment the Joondalup toddler wasn’t able to have a normal childhood and enjoy the things he loves like camping, so the Higgs’ family created a fundraising initiative in honour of children like Finlay.

This month, Finlay and his family invite the Perth community to attend their second annual community campout at Lathlain Park to raise funds for critical research into childhood cancers. Held at the Perth Football Club’s home ground from October 27, the family-friendly event will include a Perth Demons football clinic, storytelling around the campfire, sing-along sessions, face painting, live music and a barbecue. All proceeds from the two-day fundraiser go to the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation’s Million Dollar Project for Telethon.

Finlay’s mother Katey Higgs said last year’s campout was a huge success and since then, Finlay had made promising progress.
“Since the last camp out Finlay has started kindy and is really enjoying making lots of new friends,” she said.
“He has remained disease-free and is getting stronger and stronger.
“My favourite thing about last year’s campout was seeing how relaxed and happy everyone looked sitting around together as a family, enjoying the barbecue and listening to the fabulous entertainment.”

Mrs Higgs said the rareness of hepatoblastoma meant that much more funding for research was needed to improve the current survival rate, which varied from 20 per cent to 70 per cent, dependent on how advanced the cancer was.
“The more they discover and learn about childhood cancers, the better they will be able to treat all children,” she said.
“Without donations, there is no research.
“Without research, nothing changes.
“We want to make changes – we want childhood cancers to be universally survivable.”

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Friends of Finlay Camp Out

When: Saturday, October 27 from 2pm to Sunday, October 28 8.30am
Where: Lathlain Park
For the day’s itineraries and to register, visit friendsoffinlay.com.au/events/campout

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Katie Lush talks to 89.7fm about the South West Bike Trek

CLCRF’s very own Executive Assistant, Katie Lush, is joining this year’s South West Bike Trek. This morning Katie spoke with Sue Myc on 89.7 Twin Cities FM’s morning show about the ride, what she’s looking forward to and why she feels the need to ride for such a good cause.

In case you missed the interview you can listen below:

 

On Sunday 7 October, 12 riders will embark on a six-day bike ride from Subiaco to Augusta for the Southwest Bike Trek to raise vital funds and awareness for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (CLCRF).

The journey across WA’s iconic South West region, which is more than 300km, will start at Mueller Park, Subiaco, stopping off en route at Fairbridge, Preston Beach, Harvey, Eaton, Busselton and Margaret River before finishing at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta on Saturday 13 October.

Childhood cancer is the single greatest cause of death from disease in Australian children, with three children losing their lives to cancer every week. Childhood cancer is second only to breast cancer in terms of the number of years of life lost by the disease.

Donations to the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) help fund valuable scientific research into childhood cancers. Over the past 30 years CLCRF has made amazing breakthroughs into the treatment children receive. It is because of this research that those children have an opportunity to live long and fulfilling lives.

The first ever SouthWest Bike Trek took place back in 2002 and has raised just under $700,000 for child cancer research projects over 16 years.

If you would like to donate to help Katie and her fellow riders raise vital funds please donate now.

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Dr Sébastien Malinge Investigates Resistant Cancer Cells

French scientist, Dr Sébastien Malinge, moved from Paris to Perth six months ago to work as an Ursula Kees Fellow. He now works in a lab funded by the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation within the Telethon Kids Institute. Sébastien is enjoying his time in Perth and continues his insightful research into better therapies for children who have leukaemia. We interviewed Sébastien on 12 April at the Telethon Kids Institute to learn more about him and his research.

Sébastien’s PhD research in 2006 at the Necker Hospital in Paris was focused on discovering the genetic causes of leukaemia among children with Down’s Syndrome. Sébastien then moved to the United States to complete a post-doctoral fellowship to investigate why children with Down’s Syndrome were at higher risk of developing leukaemia than children without the condition. He moved back to Paris in 2012 to expand on what he studied.

When asked about what receiving the Ursula Kees Fellowship means to him, Sébastien says he feels privileged to receive this position.

“I met Ursula in 2016 when she invited me to present my work at the Telethon Kids Institute.

“I am very proud of having received this fellowship and continue to pursue her legacy. We work towards the same goal of finding better treatments for children with leukaemia.”

Sébastien is currently focusing on building a cohort of preclinical tools to test hypotheses with the view of testing new cancer therapies. He seeks to understand why some children relapse and the reason as to why some cancer cells are resistant to chemotherapy. He hopes that his research will give some clues to develop new therapies targeting therapy-resistant cancer cells and decrease the rate of relapse.

Sébastien believes that funding into cancer research is crucial for discovering better therapies.

“Some of these leukaemia treatments for children are successful but have high toxicity. Therefore, we need funding to find better ways to maximise the well-being of these children not only during but also after chemotherapy.”

Thank you Dr Sébastien Malinge for accepting the Ursula Kees fellowship. We are excited to have you on board and look forward to learning more about your research into finding better therapies for children with leukaemia.

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We are now a part of the Western Charity Alliance


Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) is excited to be a part of the Western Charity Alliance! The CLCRF and three other charities have united to form the Western Charity Alliance; A charity collective that allows you to support four West Australian charities simultaneously to give more back to your community.

It also allows the Alliance partners to minimise fundraising costs and share the resources required to connect supporters with the impact each charity makes in WA —A unique example of how charities can work together to make a difference.

The Alliance enables community members to jointly purchase raffle tickets supporting all four causes. Find out how it all works in the video.

Buy your Western Charity Alliance raffle tickets here and support child cancer research at: https://wca.auraffles.com.au/purchase-tickets.

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Cancer Battle Humbles a President

In February 2002, former US President Bill Clinton paid a visit to 13-year-old at the time, Thomas Bloemendaal, who was undergoing treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The former President was deeply moved by the courage of Thomas and his family in their struggle against cancer. Clinton held his hand and said to Thomas, “I like the look in your eye … you will get there.” The former president said that visiting the young man was an incredibly humbling experience.

“Children in that position have a certain way about them and it is extremely humbling,” Bill Clinton said.

What a poignant moment to see a former president humbled by a young boy fighting for his life.

Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. are continually humbled by the strength and bravery of children and their families who fight cancer. It is because of their courage that we fight so hard to raise money for children’s cancer research.

You too can make a difference and raise money for the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation Inc. by starting a fundraising page now.

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Make a Difference by Saving!

Make a real difference with your savings account and open a Community Reward Account with Beyond Bank! The more you save, the more Beyond Bank will donate to Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.) (CLCRF) at no cost to you!

It’s a high interest savings account and a unique way for supporters of CLCRF to give towards child cancer research. Beyond Bank will give the Foundation a Community Reward Payment based on the combined average annual balances of all supporters’ savings.

Each year, Beyond Bank generously donates over $350,000 back to not-for-profit community organisations such as CLCRF. It’s great to see a bank give so much to the community.

Show your support and head over now to Beyond Bank to start a Community Reward Account!

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Friends of Finlay Camp Out Radio Interview at 98Five FM

On Monday 6 November, Katey Higgs joined Mike Crichton on Mornings of 98five FM to talk about the Friends of Finlay Camp Out on Saturday 25 November at Lathlain Park.

Katey’s son, 4-year-old Finlay Higgs, has been battling Hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer. She talked about why she decided to hold a Friends of Finlay Camp Out to support children’s cancer research through the Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research Foundation (Inc.).

Listen to the full interview below.

Podcast: Katey Higgs with Mike on 98five’s ‘Mornings With Mike’